Dry needling, also known as Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), is a form of therapeutic treatment that a qualified physiotherapist may perform. It is the insertion of a thin filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body where there is pain, or a “trigger point”. The needle is thin like an acupuncture needle, does not inject any solution, and is repeatedly inserted into a muscle to elicit a muscle twitch which ultimately resets the muscle to reduce pain and improve function. The discomfort of the technique will vary from patient to patient, depending on their condition and the status of the area being treated. For example, a healthy muscle would feel minimal discomfort but a chronic dysfunctional muscle with active trigger points may feel quite sore, crampy and tender. The cramping of the muscle during dry needling is normal, and is referred to as “the twitch response”. It is very effective in kickstarting the healing process of the tissue – in particular, tissues that are injured or chronically painful. Research shows that muscles that undergo the twitch response after dry needling respond with positive biochemical changes at the cellular level.
Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic injuries and/or pain, repetitive strains and sprains, muscle tension, headaches, restricted range of motion, and more. Tatianna is a Kinetacore Level 2 Advanced Dry Needling practitioner. To read more about Dry Needling, visit Kinetacore’s website.